Mazda CX-30 2024
Our 2024 review is coming soon. Below is our review of the 2023 model year, which should remain largely unchanged for 2024.
The 2.5L normally-aspirated four in our GT tester was a delight. It spins happily, delivers a pleasing soundtrack, and is more than powerful enough for the car. The conventional, hydraulic, six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, downshifts on command and is geared to deliver good acceleration as well as relaxed cruising. The CX-30’s steering is direct, perfectly weighted and even telegraphs some road surface information back to the driver. Braking is strong, with a nice, firm pedal, and no lost motion. Despite its large 18 inch wheels, the CX-3O rides with a firm compliance that never transmits road shock to the cabin. Handling allies well with crisp turn-in and lean-free cornering. On the road, the CX-30 feels like a very expensive car. The small side windows don’t really impede visibility when driving but are a problem for drive-thru habitués who will struggle to get a larger than medium coffee through the driver’s window. Air-conditioning keeps occupants cool even during sweltering weather. The Bose-branded audio system in our GT testers delivers pleasing sounds that can be widely tailored to individual tastes.
Based on the Mazda 3, the CX-30, slots into the Mazda lineup under the CX-5. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the CX-30 is 64 mm (2.5 inch) shorter, 146 mm (5.7 inches) wider and taller than the 3 hatchback. Power stems from two, 2.5 L fours, a normally-aspirated one and a turbo. All-wheel drive is standard and a six-speed automatic is the sole transmission on offer.
The cabin incorporates many of the same pieces as the 3, and like its passenger car sibling, radiates a Zen-like elegance rendered from attractive materials that are plush enough as to make some luxury carmakers blush with embarrassment. The simple, traditional looking gauges (the speedo is actually transistor film technology) and simple, logical controls, are very chic. Some steering wheel-mounted control markings are a bit faint to be totally visible. The climate controls could also be better marked but their operation becomes straightforward once you know where they are. Mazda’s rotary-dial infotainment controller can lead to the driver being lost among the menus, but once accustomed to it, it is easier to manipulate while driving than the touch screens used by other carmakers.
The greater cabin height of the CX-30 compared to the 3, delivers increased spaciousness front and rear. If front occupants show some consideration for those in the rear, four adults can be carried reasonably comfortably in the CX-30. Cargo space will prove sufficient for most users but is no better than it would be in a compact hatchback. The seats are comfortable, front and rear, and our GT tester, with a black, white and dark brown colour scheme, is very stylish. Attractive faux alloy accents brighten the interior. The CX-30 has a more elegant cabin than luxury-branded vehicles like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the Audi Q3.
All-wheel drive is featured on all CX-30s. With blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, alloy wheels and L.E.D. headlights, the base GX is nicely equipped. The GS, which adds a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, including for pedestrians and, lane departure warning, a lane-keep assist system, adaptive cruise control including stop and go,deep-tint glass and a heated steering wheel and is priced to reflect the value of its additional content. The GS Luxury package includes a sunroof, a memory system, a 10-way power driver’s seat and auto-dim mirrors, constitutes very good value. The range-topping GT includes leather seating, a Bose-branded audio system, navigation, a power tailgate, front and rear parking sonar, wireless cellphone charging, traffic sign recognition, a 360 degree camera system, adaptive headlights and a head up display system, is a very good value. The turbo engine is a $2400 option on the GT only. The Suna edition is essentially just a colour variation, and when you account for the loss of leather seating for vinyl, looks expensive. CX-30 buyers like their vehicles fancy as 40 percent of them are powered by the turbo engine. Though catalogued, the non-turbo GT and the GS Luxury models will be in short supply this year. About half of buyers finance, 35 percent lease, with the balance of buyers paying cash. Delivery times are quoted as between six months to a year.
Above average reliability is expected. Very good rust resistance. Unlimited mileage warranties are an interesting market proposition from Mazda and a real plus for high-mileage drivers. Turbo engines: Mazda’s last-generation of turbo cars (MazdaSpeed 3 and 6 and the CX-7) lacked durability and there have been some reports of failed engines on early CX-9s. An extended powertrain warranty recommended if you plan to keep the car past the five year powertrain warranty.
Last update: November 29, 2023
Engine2.5L-4 (191 HP)*, 2.5L-4 T (227 HP)
Fuel consumptionCity: 9L/100 km Road: 7.1L/100 km
Drive LayoutAll-wheel drive
Body StyleCompact SUV & Crossover
Country of OriginJapan and Mexico
What’s new this year?
The normally-aspirated 2L engine has been discontinued, leaving the 2.5L and 2.5L turbo. The forward collision warning system can now detect pedestrians at night. The GS trim with the Luxury package now includes a 10.25 inch infotainment screen and the android cellphone interface. Wireless cellphone charging, wireless android cellphone interface and two USB-C charge ports are new for the GT. A new Suna edition, based on the GT Turbo, features is a sand metallic colour and clad with black trim pieces.
What dealers pay: $ 22 222
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